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kingpin in mexico who used to be an american high school football star. authorities have him behind bars tonight but say while he was free, he may have been involved in hundreds of murders. and the offline reaction to a major shake-up online. craigslist has taken down the adult services part of its website amid accusations of promoting prostitution. victims' rights advocates want more and so does an attorney general who helped lead that charge. hello. i'm tom foreman. do not lemon is off. millions of americans furious over high unemployment seem poised to punish washington in the critical mid-term elections, and we have brand new numbers that show it. starting tomorrow, president obama plans a week-long push to get out in front on this issue. we're less than two months away from the voting and the latest cnn opinion research poll shows four out of five americans now think the economy is in poor shape. our deputy political director paul has the breakdown. >> reporter: some troubling new number on the economy. take a look at this. this is from the cnn research corporation. our brand new na
. >>> and chances are, if not you, then someone close to you is using illicit drugs. illegal drug use is up this year. which ones top the list and why? we'll tell you. >>> good evening, everybody. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. she explored witchcraft, once went on a date to a satanic altar and is now a republican nominee for the senate in delaware. it's courtesy of a 1999 clip from bill maher. >> i dabbled into it. i never joined a coven. >> you were a witch? >> i was a witch. >> how were you a witch? >> i dabbled into witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. i'm not making this stuff up. in one of my dates, my first date -- >> i want to hear about -- >> one of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar and i didn't know it. there was little blood there -- >> it was a date? your first date was on a satanic altar? >> yeah, and had a little midnight picnic. >> bill maher showed that clip last night on his newer program. hbo's "real time." o'donnell's canceled two appearance on his sunday talk shows because her campaign says she has obligations in delaware.
with the young man's coach. >>> and chances are, if not you, then someone close to you is using illicit drugs. illegal drug use is up this year. which ones top the list, and why. we'll tell you. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> thanks for joining us. she explored witchcraft. once went on a date to a satanic altar. now she's a nominee in delaware. christine o'donnell, courtesy of a 1999 clip from bill maher and abc's politically incorrect. >> i dabbled in it. i never joined a covenant. >> you were a witch? >> i was a witch. >> how can you be a witch? >> i dabbled in witchcraft. i hung around people who were doing these things. i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. >> what do they do? >> on one of my dates -- >> whoa, whoa, whoa. >> one of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar. i didn't know it. there was a little blood there. >> your first date was a satanic altar? and a sacrifice? >> bill maher showed that clip last night on his new program, hbo's realtime. he says he's got more and he's going to keep showing them until o'donnell comes on. she's
's going to do it for us. thanks so much for being with us. >> meantime, the news continue on cnn with kyra fip lips. good morning. >> are you saying there's no e.t.? >> no. i'm not saying that. just getting myself in trouble again here. i just don't think e.t. visited earth yet. >> he doesn't know if he likes m&ms. >> stop e-mailing me. >> kiran and i love m&ms. that's for sure. we are not putting those away. great day. >>> good morning, everybody. here's what we're working on this morning. >> he pulled out one of his grenades, american grenade, you know, pops it and then tells me [ bleep ]. >> targeting civilians in a combat zone. american soldiesoldiers, our ow for the fun of it and then covering up the crime. >> organic. natural. you see the buzz words on food labels. you think you're eating well. well, we have a reality check for you. >>> and surprising results on a religion iq test. atheists and agnostics score higher than christians. 9:00 a.m. on the east coast. 6:00 a.m. out west. i'm kyra phillips. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." i tell you what, we begin with a disheartening st
. join us weekdays in "the situation room" from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. eastern and every saturday at 6:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. at this time every weekend on cnn international. cnn international. the news continues next on cnn. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> right now on cnn, a murder so gruesome that it may be too much for the jury to handle and if the police has handled it differently, might some of those involved still be alive? a live update tonight on one of the most brutal home invasions you've heard about. >>> which is worse for you, alcohol or pot? before you answer that, you may want to hear what we found out just weeks before california votes on legalizing pot. >>> the free world may rest on the president's shoulders. but the job of the first lady may be tougher. she denies she's complaining about the job. but if she did, she wouldn't be the first. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. a real-live tragedy played out as a texas high school football game. the quarterback of the west orange stark high school collapsed just moments after throw
by a deadly fireball. we're getting this eyewitness view of the destruction. and the u.s. military gets animated. why it's ansforming the japanese/american security treaty into a comic book security line. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> happening right now, an american jailed more th a year is on the verge of heading home. a lawyer for sarah shod says she is set to be freed once her half million dollar bond is paid. her family says she's sick and an iranian prosecutor says that g bailed out. tein she'll have to leave behind h h fiance shane bauer and her friend josh fattal t. three have been jailed since july 31 of lastary. allegedly they strayed across iran aqi border into duri a hike. ey are accused in iran of being u.s. spies. the family's website says that sarah has been mostly held in confinement. given hour a day to visit her fiance. she could be hours from freedom but her bail hasn't been posted yet. reza sayah is monitoring the situation. st?t is the la >> reporter: well, the latest according to the lawyer representing sarah shourd is hat she is in iranian custody bec
'll tell us why and what he's doing about it. >>> you've been telling us who your heroes are, thousands of you. now we'll reveal the top ten cnn heroes of the year for the first time right here this hour on cnn. >>> first if you want to make a republican smile, mention the year 1994. that year is midterm elections coming halfway through the first term of a democratic president, bill clinton, republicans picked up 54 house seats and 8 senate seats. more than enough to win control of both houses of congress. 16 years later, we are halfway through the first term of a democratic president, a different one now with the democratic majority in congress and republicans aren't the only ones making comparisons and predictions and promises. this morning, the house republican leadership rolled out its pledge to america. a longer and less specific version of 1994's contract with america. the setting was a lumber company in northern virginia, the key points are these. a halt to any stimulus spending that hasn't gone out yet. and a rollback of overall spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels. repeal
, there are lots of questions, one of which includes how police are handling this case. thelma gutierrez joins us live. was this a cult? what's going on here? >> reporter: don, obviously, there's some kind of a disconnect between the stories that the spouses told investigators and what now the women are telling investigators. so, we're not exactly sure exactly how this thing is going to come out, but i can tell you that they belong to a church here in palmdale. these women say that they just broke off from the church. they went off on these little prayer sessions that they would organize on their own. they routinely would come out to the desert and pray overnight and so, something happened, don, that made the husbands go into authorities and say, we're very concerned. authorities look through some of the belongings that these women left behind, cell phones, apparently letters that were interpreted as good-bye notes, and they wanted to know, were these children, eight children and five women, in any kind of danger. so, they said they wanted to err on the side of caution and so, they started this h
.m. eastern. >> that's going to do it for us. see you back here tomorrow. cnn newsroom with kyra phillips starts right now. good morning. >> good morning. thanks so much. good morning, everyone. big news over the next couple of hours, the president's speech to the u.n. and republicans' pledge to undo the first two years in office. in '94 they had a contract with america. they'll have a pledge with america. >>> a man visits a wife's grave for nearly five years and learns it's been empty the whole time. another victim of arlington national cemetery. >>> and the international space station makes contact to the outer reaches of pittsburgh, texas. let me tell you what. there's one ham radio guy that's pretty excited. i'm kyra phillips. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." >>> mega church pastor eddie long has 25,000 church members but today all of the attention is on just a few of his former followers. a third man has come forward accusing bishop long of coercing him into sexual relationships. all three men said that they were teenages when long lavished them with gifts and initiating sexual en
why. that will do it for us. thanks for getting up for a special edition of american morning. head to our blog. we hope you have a wonderful weekend. >> see you back here on monday. the news continues with kyra phillips. >> good morning and thanks. we are going to get right to the breaking news in san bruno, california. the neighborhood fire has been burn for almost 12 hours. natural gas feeding it. that fire is still so intense that crews can't even look for victims yet. at least three people are reported dead. the fire captain expects the numbers to rise. two dozen have been hurt and 100 homes damaged. it started with a ruptured gas line and a huge explosion. a team with the ntsb is headed to see what went wrong. crews and the red cross and doctors, nurses and neighborhoods were turned upside down in a flash. the blast and fire was so sudden and intense, people barely had time to react. one survivor said that the car bumper actually melted as he was racing away. he is talking with survivors. dan? >> we are in the bark parking lot of a parking mall. this is where many of the evacu
in iranian prison, sarah shourd is back on u.s. soil and talking about her ordeal and her health that is straight ahead. >>> and missing members of a so-called cult-like church are found alive and well. authorities had feared that they were planning a mass suicide. a live report just a few minutes away. >>> and women and girls lured to the u.s., then forced to have sex. the shadowy underworld with of sex trafficking this hour and at 5:00 eastern. >>> freed american hiker, sarah shourd, is back home in the united states but she says she feels like she is only one-third free. speaking to reporters in new york less than an hour ago, she made an emotional plea for the release of her two companions, shane bauer and josh fattal. >> shane and josh do not deserve to be in prison one day longer than i was. we committed no crime. and we are not spies. we in no way intended any harm to the iranian government or its people and believe a huge misunderstanding led to our detention and prolonged imprisonment. shane, josh and had i no knowledge of our proximity to the iran/iraq border when we we
.com. do it. have a great weekend. >>> an american held prison in iran heads home before heading to the u.s. sarah shourd spoke publicly. >>> pope benedict talks about the sexual problems with the catholic church. >>> we have the latest on preparations for hurricane igor. >>> our top story. sarah shourd is expected to head home to the united states sometime tomorrow before boarding a flight, she talked about her two companions. >> i want to begin by thanking his majesty, the saltan for welcoming me to this beautiful country upon my release. i want to extend my gratitude to the american ambassador and his wife for hosting my family and i during our unfortunately brief stay. i have a deep appreciation for the doctor for bringing me from th tehran. for the engagement in my life and the life of my fiance and dear friend for the past 13 and a half months. it would be a pleasure to return and it is my deepest, deepest hope that i would be able to show shane and josh the grand mosque soon, one of the most peaceful and powerful places of worship i have ever seen. i will always associate your countr
a news conference with details about what he's going to do to get the country again. tell us about the numbers in the latest polls because they're certainly not good for the president and his party. >> reporter: when we take those numbers and break them down, check this out. from the cnn opinion research corporation, a national survey, 44% of people we requested said the commission conditions right now are very poor and that is is a jump, tom, of 7 points from july. those are troubles numbers. why? because the economy, jobs, number one issue by far, with americans. you talk about the president wednesday in hoimt, there's going to be policy there but also politics at play. ohio, a state where democrats are trying to hold onto the governor ship and a bunch of house seats. >> who are they blaming? it's not like the republicans are getting a pass. they're just not the party in charge. >> reporter: right, the democrats whole the white house, they control congress. in our brand-new poll we asked, who do you blame right now? who is most responsible for the current commission conditions an
are it's not you, then someone you know is using drugs illegally. and the economy has a whole lot to do with what kind. we'll explain why drug consumption is up this year. >>> the pope caught his followers off guard with comments on the sex abuse scandal rocking the catholic church. is it an official apology? >>> why did the baby cross the road? and why didn't anybody stop? >>> the new darling of the tea part yy cancels all of her sund morning talk show appearances. we have the tv clip that just might explain why. >>> i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. an american woman is on her way home after spending more than a year captive in iran. sarah shourd today left oman where she was staying. shourd is one of three american hikers detained by iran after they allegedly crossed over the border from iraq in july of 2009. as our nic robertson reports, her journey home is somewhat bittersweet. >> reporter: sarah shourd looked a little more relaxed. she appeared to have caught a little sun. she said she had been permitted to visit the grand mosque. she was introduced by her uncle but, aga
for spending your time with us. cnn saturday continues right now. >>> good morning. the gloves are off. those are the words of republican senator lisa markkowski who lost her primary race. she has a new plan. she wants the voters to write her name in. also, today is the day the well could be dead, completely, sealed off, never to be heard from again. we will give you the latest details on this latest method they are using to finally kill this thing, once and for all. from the cnn center, this is cnn saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. here in atlanta, georgia. 9:00 a.m. in fayetteville arkansas. good morning. i'm t.j. holms. thank you for being here. >>> pope benedict is in london. he has a lot going on today, including taking care of the faithful. some 80,000, that's a live picture you are seeing, they are expecting some 80,000 to show up to hyde park trying to make their way to see the pope. he will be having a prayer vigil. he is not expected for another couple of hours. they are already making their way there. we will take you to london. >>> a texas high school star quarterback and a straight "a
typical and given the strained relations between iran and the u.s., this is both a political and legal minefield. her family clearly wants her out of there as quickly as possible. >> what about the other two hikers, then, the two young men? >> reporter: yeah, prosecutors are ramping up their case against them. today a judge indicted them on spying charges and their familiesavehe consistently denied the children are spies and said if they cross the border, it was by accident. now, if they do go on trial, would fsarah be forced to come bae ck and testify? the seems unlikely but that's yet another possible cotion. >> i can only imagine what the milies are going through and you have been in touch withhe families. this must be a very diffict time for them. >> reporter: it has been a toug 13 months for them. sara's mom in particular is especially concerned about her daughter's health because sara discovered a lump inst one of h breasts and she's also worried about her daugh ter's mental health because sara's been in solitary confinement this entire time except for one hour a day. we're goin
need us. >> reporter: they hold services in their homes or small places. they say the traditional catholic church is not meeting their needs. >> reporter: if you could have a meeting with the pope what would you say to him? >> i don't think i would like a meeting with him. i don't think he's open. itis a huge roadblock. >> reporter: it's the roadblock they were trying to remove. the catholic church is resisting. >> is it up to god? >> yeah, i think it is up to god. i think god said to me, you can be ordained. >>> a look at the headlines now. a freed american hiker is talking about her release. she hopes the two americans still held in iran hopes they get out soon. vowing to fight onley sa murkowski says she will ride on. she lost the primary to a newcomer backed by the tea party movement. >>> hurricane igor is expected to hit bermuda tomorrow night. we are your hurricane headquarter. stay with us for the latest on igor and the other storms in the atlantic. >>> we are in england where protesters are protesting the pope. today, the pope met with victims of the abuse. john allen is o
. >> yeah. it affects all of us. that's for sure. josh, thanks. >> thanks. >>> now let's fast forward to a couple events today. president obama's expected to talk more about the economy and jobs later this hour delivering remarks at the export council meeting at the white house at 9:45 eastern time. at the top of the hour, the government releases the annual poverty report. this year's numbers are expected to be a grim reflection of our lousy economy. the findings due to be announced about 10:00 eastern. we'll bring them to you. >>> california's governor wants the white house to declare san bruno a disaster after the horrific gas explosion and fire a week ago today. three people are still missing. four people were killed. and more than three dozen homes were completely destroyed. the feds are looking at the ruptured pipe to see what went wrong. but a consumer watchdog group has an idea of what we went wrong claiming that the utility pg&e planned to replace a section of the that pipeline about three years ago and raised rates on customers to pay for it but it didn't happen. the watchdog
's on a cia military hit list to be killed or captured. al awlaki's father is suing the u.s. from going after him. the u.s. secretary of defense, director of national intelligence and director of the cia want that lawsuit dismissed. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is watching the developments from washington. what are these national security concerns these officials have. >> reporter: yeah, fredricka. you've got national security on one side. some groups contend you have basic rights of an american on the other. here is what it boils down to. you mentioned why the government wants awlaki, they say he not only recruited the nigerian man who tried to blow himself on the airline that landed in detroit on christmas day he also exchanged e-mails with nadal hassan, the chaplain who opened fire and killed numerous people at ft. hood. al awlaki is not shy about saying he's planning and plotting attacks on the united states. they want him. they have targeted him. his father makes the point that he is a u.s. citizen and the u.s. government does not have a right to target its own citizens for
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this. we all knew that it would take more time than any of us want to dig ourselves out of this hole, created by this economic crisis. >> reporter: absolutely, jim. you know, speaking to different audiences as well. you saw there in milwaukee, labor day crowd, union folks, he was trying to rally the democratic base. get them enthusiastic about this midterm election. so far we have seen a lot more energy and enthusiasm on the republican side. on the other hand, you have republican and independent voters who have expressed a lot of concern about all of the federal spending here in washington. as you add up that tab, to $350 billion, in new programs, bottom line is that there's not going to be a second stimulus plan. they know that's fraught with all kinds of political danger. number one. people concerned about spending. number two, the fact that the first stimulus is a political dirty word now. very controversial. republicans have said it didn't work. democrats say it worked. maybe not as quickly as some wanted. bottom line, they don't want to call eight second stimulus. when you add t
with your afro on roller skates doing the bump roll. give it to us. >> the pretenders. you bring your skates in tomorrow. >> that's a deal. hello, everyone. we have today to deal with. a lot of news live from studio 7 at cnn world headquarters. the big stories on this thursday, september 16th, new details on the california pipeline explosion. the owner was going to repair the pipe three times over the last three years but never did. >> it makes me angry because i think they should be more concerned about the people that live around the neighborhoods. >>> and this, almost six centuries after henry viii split from the roman catholic church, great britain gets a visit from the pope. >>> those stories right here right now in the cnn newsroom. up first, this hour, it is the economy. is there anything else? we're following several stories affecting your finances. on the jobs front, a dip in first time unemployment claims, tax cuts and the political debate unfolding on capitol hill. more democrats break with the president, and the housing market, whether have the latest figures on foreclosures. >>>
yellin joining us from dover. a pretty big upset, yes? >> reporter: huge, kyra. huge upset. christine o'donnell was far behind in the polls. had significantly less money and was being gunned for by national republicans and republicans in her own state who are running, running in a campaign essentially against her. she was up against the establishment supported candidate mike castle, nine-term congressman from this state. very well-known. but she surprised everyone and won last night. the big question now is can she go on and win in a general election? this is a state that's heavily democratic and there's news now, kyra, the national republicans have said essentially because they think she cannot win they're not going to pour money into her race. i got a chance to talk to her last night and asked her what she thinks of the fact that the national republicans won't support her. here's a bit of that interview. we've been told this evening gnat national republicans, party organization that often funds campaigns like yours is not going to fund yours and many national republicans said simply y
go, but it is going to cost. reza sayah is on the story for us this morning. reza, good morning to you. how much does i iran want? >> reporter: $500,000, t.j. that's how much they want. this has been a bizarre process in iran, and no doubt a difficult one for sarah shourd and her family to go through, of course. initially iranian officials came out last week and said sarah shourd would be released. then they said she wouldn't be released. and now today, again, they're saying she c be released, in exchange for half a million dollars in bail money. the latest twist came today at a news conference by tehran's revolutionary court prosecutor. the prosecutor saying today that shourd's f sarah medical condition, iran is offering to release her for that ba ail money. i don't think there is any doubt that her famy is somehow going to come up with thatmoney. it is not clear at this point when that's going to happen and when she will be allowed to leave the country. as far as the other two hikers go, shane bauer and joshua fattal, the prosecutor said today they're not going anywhere, they'
, despite all the hard times. for awful us on the cnn express, i'm tom foreman. i'm tom foreman. we'll see you down the road. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> the nation's school system under the microscope. a new documentary details the pressures faced by students, parents and teachers. later this hour we'll talk to the director of race to nowhere. and the city of toronto turns to kre cheesy tv ads to get people to recycle their unwanted electronics. josh levs has the latest viral videos. and george clooney's new film opens at theaters around the country. find out what a film critic thinks about this week's new releases. it is saturday september 4th, you're in the cnn "newsroom," i'm fredricka whitfield. okay, tropical storm earl makes landfall in eastern canada downing power lines, sparking power outages and it's creating dangerous surf along the east coast in its wake. earl never did make landfall in the u.s., so now some u.s. beaches are open again, however, there are still some dangers in the surf. our team coverage begins right here, we're covering this storm or what's left
. >>> courage in the face of illness. our own dr. sanjay gupta gives us a taste of his new series. "the human factor." an interview with michael j. fox. >>> two former top chef contestants join me here to teach you how to be a top cook in your home. >>> first, big story for you now. two young men with very different outcomes from cyber bullying. no one -- one is not commenting right now. the other one committed suicide. meet tyler clementi, a freshman at rutgers university in new jersey. his family says he died after jumping off the george washington bridge into the hudson river. two fellow students, dharun ravi and molly wei are charged with invasion of privacy after allegedly putting a camera into the 18-year-old's dorm room without his knowledge and broadcasting elements of -- broadcasting his sexual encounters. ravi, the one student who's been charged, was tyler's roommate. he's believed to have sent out this twitter post, reading, quote, roommate asked for the room till midnight. i went into molly's room and turned on my web cam. i saw him making out with a dude. yay. now meet chris arms
we're going through. connect with us on twitter. i'm tt ali velshi. leave your comments onpy read every single one of them. join me for "your monday" sunday at 3:00. log on 24/7 to cnnmoney.com. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> president barack obama's new plan to re-energize the economy. a white house official reveals a key provision days before it's unveiled. >>> getting an education without stepping foot in a classroom. public schools across the u.s. are offering online lessons. the pros and cons of cyber schools. >>> reports of two massive bull sharks in a potomac river. why are they there? >>> i'm fredricka whitfield. welcome to the "newsroom." amazing rescue off the coast of charleston, south carolina. a harrowing night and some 20 hours in the rough seas, seven people are safe today. overnight the u.s. coast guard spotted them by moonlight 5 miles off the coast. they were simply bobbing in the water. petty officer second class ben rosen is an aviation cheelectros technician. he was onboard the coast guard helicopter that spotted them. give me
shourd is released after being held for more than a year. reza sayah will join us from pakistan shortly to tell us more about the release and cost $500,000 to get her bail paid. >>> also happening right now, a multi-state manhunt for this doctor, a phoenix area pediatrician suspected of distributing child porn. the fbi says that the dr. luna may have fled from arizona to texas, california illinois or mexico. all places he has called home some point. last week, the doctor under house arrest and required to wear an angle monitoring bracelet but officers say he just cut it off and bolted. keep in mind this is a man whose jobs is to care for our sick, vulnerable kids. and he's charged with five counts of distributing child pornography in interstate commerce. these neighbors, some children were treated at the suspect's office. >> i don't know why anyone would want to indulge in child pornography. i think it's horrible. >> reporter: doctor luna's arrest shocked parents and neighbors. he is accused of sharing thousands of files of child porn online. >> if in fact he did do it, he should never
trade center and the u.s. pentagon. on this grim aniversary, susan candiottiis at the site in new york city, and let's get started in new york where the deadliest attack took place more than 2,700 people were killed at the world trade center, cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti attended today's memori services at ground zero. she's still there now. susan? >> reporter: hi, fred. as this is winding down, you know, every year this is a mixture of pain and pride. pain, of course, shared by the famiesli of tososs who are lost that day and the collective pain of a nation, but there is also pride. pride and shared memories of loved ones, pride in what they accomplished pride in what this country stands for. also there is pride in what is taking place now, what is taking shape at ground zero. that i particularhis year the 9/11 memorial. family members for the very first time werescorted by people who are active involved alin putting t hat memorial together. so, for example, they are seeing the outlines of the reflecting pools that are taking shape. they also saw the 16 swamp oak esee
and the district of columbia. we are spotlighting the hot races. paul steinhauser joining us live from washington, d.c. paul, delaware and, let's say, new hampshire top our list because of what we like to call the tea party factor. >> reporter: you are absolutely right. this last big round of primaries this year, and you've got that kind of crisis going on there on the republican side in the primaries. tea party backed candidates and conservative candidates taking on and gaining strength at the expense of the mainstream republican candidates. long-time did republican candidate mike castle is being challenged by christine o'donnell, backed by the tea party express is gaining strength. this could come down to the wire. this would be a huge victory for the tea party if she wins. in new hampshire, something similar as well. you have the former attorney general up there of new hampshire, kelly ayotte, backed by the establishment republicans, but a guy called oh vid lamontagne, run before up there, he is a conservative and outsider. he is gaining strength. if he wins, another big victory for the tea pa
's not a local crackpot running for dog catcher. it's christine o'donnell, a republican nominee for u.s. senate and a darling of the surging tea party movement. here's her surprising claim resurfacing from a 1999 interview. >> i dabbled into witchcraft. i never joined a coven. >> you were a witch? >> i didn't join a coven. let's get this straight. >> i love this, you're a witch. you go i was a witch. wait. >> that's exactly why. because -- because i dabbled into witchcraft, hung around people doing these things. i'm not making this stuff up. i know what they told me they do. >> okay. her kmenltds are raising eyeb w eyebrows and concerns from the gop establishment. but what matters most of what voters are thinking just six weeks ahead of the midterm elections. jim acosta will join wisconsin the results of a weekend straw poll. and john avalon looks at her mission, damage control. o'donnell canceled two sunday talk show appearances after this came to light. and now you are calling her the new queen of wing nuts. >> ah, the queen of the wing nuts. this week she was clear to say she was not a wing
>>> hey, guys. well, glad you joined us today. we had a great show and back here tomorrow. meanwhile, that does it for us. let's head back down to atlanta and john. >> thanks very much, kiran. the news continues here on cnn with kyra phillips. >> so nice to have you here. >> good morning. >> we all know why. you had a chance to catch up with some old buddies you haven't seen in, what? three decades. >> been a long time. not three decades. >> what was so special for me, not only to see how excited you were to team up with them but how excited rush was to see you and coming up on stage and jam, we had to top off the show with this. ♪ >> i guess you could qualify that as geezer rock. >> you said that was, like, the highlight -- a highlight of your life. >> my musical life. there are lots of other highlights in my life, of course. >> i hope so. >> but in terms of a frustrated guitarist and had a dream, i know you wanted to be a country singer, you know, to be able to exercise that jones even for four minutes playing limelight with them on stage -- >> it is great. >> an awful
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. >> they are trying to figure us out. they should keep news two separate places, i do believe. good to see you guys this morning. you will have a good one. we are going to pick up on what they were talking about there. this hurricane, massive hurricane. hurricane earl. it is making its way. there it is. it is big, powerful and going to be a menace. we don't know how big of a menace just yet. the east coast, literally from the carolinas to maine. you just heard from kiran, some evacuations are getting under way. more could be coming. we are your hurricane headquarters. we will be live for you along the coast. have the very latest for you with our jacqui jeras who is here as well. it is never too early to start saving for college. it is getting more and more esses expense ive. look at these little guys. they are putting money into the bank for their college tuition they are going to use in about 13 years or so. we will explain that. >>> again, we are your hurricane headquarters. the talk about this hurricane, hurricane earl right mao. it is a category 3. it went from category 4 to category 3. do not
for joining us. we start tonight in san bruno, cafornia, where there are new questions about that gas pipeline that exploded on thursday killing at least four people. some are still missing. cnn has obtained a document from the owner, pg & e, saying the pipeline had a relatively high risk and likelihood of failure. some residents were escorted back to their homes today to see the damage to their neighborhood. those with the most dadly damaged homes are still being kept away. cnn's ted rowland went along with one family left speechless by the devastation. >> holy [ bleep ]. what the [ bleep ] is that? >> reporter: this incredible home video was captured moments after the explosion from a house balcony just behind the gas pipe. the voice you hear belongs to walter mccaffrey. he had one hand on his video camera, the other on his phonei telling his wife not to come home with their three children. this is the view from that deck now. walter and his wife werey allowd back unday aernoon to their house for the first time since the explosion. >> just looking at all this, i mean, i saw all this from the
shot there, but we are expecting conditions to go downhill. now, what about the u.s.? are we going to see any impact here? you bet we are, the same we did with earl and danielle. we've got a high risk of rip currents here on the atlantic coast, particularly bad into the carolinas. another thing that we're keeping our eye on is that disturbance in the gulf of mexico. maybe a little moisture from karl got wrapped up in this, but this is an upper level disturbance. right now it doesn't have a circulation, so it's not a tropical storm or a tropical depression. it's a wave or cluster of thunderstorms. the concern here is not necessarily that it has much time to turn into a tropical storm, but it a es going to bring torrential downpours. the rain from houston toward the south and west. flood watches in effect here. 3 to 5 inches expected and texas has been hard hit with a couple of different tropical depressions and storms already in the last couple of weeks. so adding more insult to injury with all this moisture, we're going to likely see river flooding as well as flash flooding from so
. >> i'm not willing to say this is going to take us ten years. the school has been so underperforming for so long that the kids don't have time. >> our focus on fixing our schools continues. i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> let's gets started with the latest on hurricane earl. the powerful storm is on an ever so steady track toward the u.s. east coast. by tomorrow night or early friday, it is expected to be off north carolina's outer banks. mandatory evacuations already in place along parts of the north carolina coast, and with labor day just ahead, hurricane earl could disrupt plans for millions of people. cnn is your hurricane headquarters. let's check in with jacqui je s jeras. >> we have big changes. we are still at 125-mile-per-hour winds. category 3 storm. about 750 miles or so away from the coastline. the storm's intensity has been holding steady and we do expect a major hurricane to be very near the outer banks of enernor carolina. hurricane warnings have been issued for east coast of the u.s. from north carolina n
, president obama putting his focus squarely back on it. he's in milwaukee. ed henry is bringing us a special edition of his daily stakeout. plus, one thing about rich sanchez. his new book, he's got some powerful messages for the nation and powerful messages about his own background, what made him the guy he is. he'll share them with us this hour. >>> and robots, cling-ones, super heroes, atlanta is being overrun by them this holiday weekend. we're going to take you inside dragon con. but first, it's labor day, and that means it's the official kickoff of the midterm election cycle. 57 days until the midterm. now, here's how it looks. there are 37 senate seats up for grabs, and there are 435 house seats up for grabs. there are also -- 37 governorships, as well. here's the situation in the senate, and in the house. basically, the republicans need to pick up 39 seats to win control of the house. and they need to win -- sorry, 39 seats to win control of the house, and 10 seats to win control of the senate. moments ago you were listening to tony talk to peter about some of this new polling that s
, as much as 70% of incomes to u.s. treasury. mid-50s, 91%. t after world jus war ii, check that out. this is is not a mistake. the nation's top income tax rate was a staggering 94%. now, right now, 2010, the goal, juice the economy without ballooning the deficit anymore than necessary. supporters the tax relief say extra income translates directly intoxtra spending. the less you earn the more likely you are to save, to uses the money that you not pay in taxes for daily expenses. taxes for the wealth hey a more round-about effect. might be have extra spending but also the possibility of more saving and investi. the investing part to lead to more hiring. especially if you invest in a start-up business. hired more people. those people spend andve a verc virtuous cycle begins. not a sure thin. republicans and some democrats want to keep the bush tax rates for everybody. president obama saysri keeping e richest 2% or 3% at current rates would ad $700 billion to the deficit. we expect to hear live from the president in just just about an hour from a backyard in irfax, virginia. somebody's
, a category 4. expect it to pass us to the north. 8:00 a.m. on friday with winds 115 miles an hour and pull to the north. that's a look at where it is now. you get an eidea of the strengt. let's get an idea on what's happening on the coast in the carolinas. rob marciano, what do you have for us? >> reporter: well, the sun is back out, reynolds. we've been in the cloud cover, the outflow you've been depicting with the satellite picture, but clearly the rainfall is pretty far off the coa coast. the winds, though, have picked up, and the waves have picked up as well. it's getting more rough here, larger swells rolling in probably anywhere from 8 to 12-footers at this point. the difference between here and, say, the gulf of mexico during a landfalling hurricane you get more surge over there but you get bigger waves here with the runup so that's going to be a huge issue going forward through this afternoon and tonight. we're going to see 20 or 30-footers washing up. where there's not protective dunes like here kill devil hills, those will wash out roadways. they can cut an entire inlet like hurr
at meetings. he was criticized after 9/11 for saying u.s. supported repressive regimes was partly responsible for the attacks. maintained his remarks on "60 minutes" had been taken out of context. rauf supports israel's right to exist but says as a bridge builder he can't condemn radical palestinian group hamas as terrorists. as for the islamic center near ground zero, he says that, too, is about bridges. >> this is also hour expression of the 99.9% of muslims all over the world, including americans, who have condemned and continue to condemn terrorism. this is about our stand as the muslim community, part of this community. >> reporter: right now this moderate muslim cleric finds him self at the eye of a storm. >> imam feisal abdul rauf will answer more questions tonight at 9:00 eastern on layer lay. rauf will talk with soledad o'brien. you won't see it anywhere else. that's tonight at 9:00 eastern. >>> later today, president obama rolls out massive new tax cuts aimed at jump starting the anemic economy at $350 billion. the price tag is staggering and earning comparisons to the stimulus pack
in the u.s. following her release last week. shourd was let go after she reportedly found a lump in her breast, but now she says that doctors in oman told her she is physically well. shourd is one of three american hikers detained by iran after they allegedly crossed over the border from iraq in july of 2009. well, today she thanked iran for letting her go, but called on the country to release her fiance shane bauer and their friend josh fattal. shourd's arrival comes as iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad is visiting new york. he's in town for the united nations general assembly session that begins tomorrow. in an interview with abc, ahmadinejad talked about the release of sarah shourd and said he would like to see some reciprocation from the u.s. >> translator: it's true that the islamic republic of iran took a humanitarian measure and released one of the three individuals who entered our borders miss sarah shourd. this was a huge humanitarian gesture. now you may be aware that eight iranians are illegally being detained in the united states, so i believe that it would not be mispla
>>> well, that's going to do it for us on "american morning." we'll be back here bright and early tomorrow. hope you have a great day. >> cnn newsroom starts with jim acosta right now. >>> i'm jim acosta in for kyra phillips. here's what we are working on this labor day. a crackdown on craigslist. cnn showed you how the online service had become an area for prostitutes. >>> we are also showing you the american jihadist. he is likely to strike again. >>> and women are making more money than their male counterparts? i don't like the sound of that. you are in the cnn newsroom. and we are grilling up some politics on this labor day. we begin counting down to the midterm elections. for the next 58 days we'll look at the rage building among american voters. many are angry and calling for big changes in washington. they'll have the chance to make those changes in the senate, 37 deets seats are up for grabs, and in the house, 435 seats up in all. there are signs of a voter rebellion in the work to give congress back to the republicans. those are the stakes on the line. and the cnn electio
for that news conference to begin. jim, if you would, give us a sense of the scene at this hour? >> reporter: sure, here at the command center for the fire, people are apprehensive for the weather today. yesterday a firefighters called it a gift, cool and humid. today, not so lucky. dry and a real chance winds could pick up later this afternoon. they are trying to make progress and try to contain it before it happens. several subdivisions opening to areas evacuated but not burned. the real heart of the fire, people not allowed back. people are restless but authorities don't want anybody up there until they feel it's safe. >> any word on the unaccounted for and how they will search for them? >> reporter: searching is difficult because people evacuated from the canyons, staying with friends and families, staying in hotels and around the evacuated area. they are optimistic that nobody has actually been hurt and people have gone off with family and haven't checked in but it's going to be difficult. these houses that have burned, it's just the foundation that's left. >> give us a heads up when th
to bring in professor garcia at the university of texas. professor garcia thank you for joining us. let me start out by asking you if you heard, saw anything this morning when this took place? >> good morning. actually, no i didn't see anything. we first received word across campus via a text message alert system that the university has in place and that was approximately at 8:30 this morning. shortly thereafter we started hearing the campus sirens going off and that's the moment when we knew the campus was in lockdown. will you get a text message when the campus is no longer in lockdown? >> yes. the way the system is set up, we get those alerts when it begins and end internally, those we've been receiving multiple e maim streams from people within the department, people within different safety committees, so the ut committee is fairly well informed internally of what the situation is. >> and i'm going to ask you about that situation and what those internal notifications say, because, professor, as i'm sure you know, in a case like this, you could have multiple witnesses seeing the same gu
that was supposed to keep us at 8% or below unemployment has been an absolute disaster. it grew the government instead of creating private sector jobs. let's go into the stimulus bill, cancel a lot of the big spending government programs in the stimulus bill. look at health care, get it off the public's back and extend all the tax cuts. >> we have to remind people when president clinton left office we had a surplus, a record deficit over $1.3 trillion when president obama took office. why? the republicans had unpaid for wars, tax cuts, entitlement. do you believe three days later you can trust them on fiscal matters? >> you heard there from longtime adviser to president obama david plouffe and before that republican senator lindsey graham. both republicans and democrats, fredricka, are trying that make their case and make clear who they want voters to think is to blame for the tough economic times the country continues to face. you can be sure we're going to be hearing this in the coming weeks. >> kate bolduan, beginning with this wednesday when the president does reveal that plan. thanks so m
that they smelled gas and called nit to let us know. >> reporter: the mccaffreys pla it's safe to do so. while their home suffered only minor damage, their neighborhood will never be the same. >> reporter: and ted rollins joins us live. ted, is pg&e commenting? >> no, don. since the ntsb took over this investigation, pg&e said because it's ongoing and we're not leading it, we can't comment. the first few days they had a c lot to say, but no comments. we jt don't have their perspective as far as the pipe unfortunately. >> today, we're just gting word the number of missing changed from six to four. what happened? >> well, good news. this afternoon, at some point, the city of san brunfound two of t peoplthat were reported potentially missing. so they are alive and well. he level dropped by two. still four confirmed dead. >> all right, cnn's ted rollins reporting from san bruno, california to night.th thank you, sir. >>> after seeing the san bruno arplosion, you may be wondering what's underneath your home? stick around and we'll show you where to go to find out if pipelines are in your neighborh
>>> go to our blog at cnn.com/amfix. that will wrap it up for us. good of you to join us this morning. we'll see you back here again bright and early tomorrow morning. >> cnn "newsroom" starts right now. >> good morning, guys. we have fascinating pictures and stories for you this hour, including an unwelcomed visitor to dallas. imagine looking out your window and seeing that. and imagine this a pinkie fingertip that cut off and grew back. the woman attached to this hand says that's what happened. and a show like "punked", baghdad style. using death and fear for cheap laughs. it could be one of the most insensitive tv shows ever. i'm kyra phillips. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." >>> i'm just going to say what so many of us are thinking, this small-time florida pastor who is still planning to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with a koran burning is just beyond explanation. his attitude, beyond explanation. however, the subject matter is not. burning the koran is not only the ultimate sign of disrespect to the muslim community in a time when we're involved in two wars, tryin
been able to use this device to their advantage. we're told by the distributor that that high-pitched noise this thing makes has made its way on to the internet. he says young people have been able to download that sound on to their cell phones as ring tones so when their cell phones ring, they can hear the sound but their parents and teachers cannot. brian todd, cnn, washington. >>> they are sounding the anti-loitering device for me right now. so i better turn it over to my colleague tony harris. happy labor day to you. >> nod yand to you, jim. >>> live from studio 7 at cnn headquarters, the big stories for monday, september 6th. this is labor day. new cnn polling indicates democrats may be cruising toward a november bruising. the cnn election express stops at a state fair to ask why. as campaign season kicks into overdrive. >>> they are taking the people's money that in all honesty the people could spend better themselves. >> the underemployed, unskilled, discouraged or working part-time jobs just to get by. one man's story is straight ahead. >> what we are going to do? it's
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